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Three-year plan places 50 bikes at nine different spots around town 

Instruments play a new tune at orchestra fundraiser

Growing corn is a-mazing

Annapolis tries adding bicycles to its traffic flows and woes

Beer and wine come to Quiet Waters

Fishing’s unpredictable, so you need to be able to adapt

We were drifting inside of the green channel marker off of Pod- ickery Point when my son got a quizzi- cal look on his face. Staring at the rapidly turn- ing spool of his reel Harrison said, “I think I’m hung up.” “No, I don’t think so,” I replied. “Give it a minute.” The spool stopped for a beat, then started up again even faster. I had promised my middle son suc- cess on some nice rockfish, forgetting that if you wish to amuse the...

A group of women prove they can steal as well as the boys

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock: Our Brand is Crisis) has had five years to work on her speech to the parole board. She’s also had five years to plan the ultimate heist. For Debbie, pulling heists is not only a family tradi- tion but a matter of redemption — she needs to prove to her- self that the mistake that put her in jail will never happen again. The job is to steal a legendary necklace worth $150 million in the middle of the Met Gala. The job requires that Debbie get past not...
It’s Time to Vote!        Early voting begins Thursday, June 14 and runs through Thursday, June 21 every day from 10am to 8pm. –Del. Nic Kipke, District 31B        Editor’s note: Anne Arundel early birds vote at the Edgewater Library, Anne Arundel County Board of Elections, Severna Park Library, Pip Moyer Rec Center and the Crofton, Glen Burnie and Odenton libraries.      Calvert early birds vote at the Community Resources...
You’ve certainly had one. Beyond that, what do you know?
      Who’s your daddy?       That fascinating question gets 16 answers in this week’s paper. Fourteen of that number are readers and writers who accepted my challenge to capture their father’s character at an indelible moment in time. Their character sketches in this week’s feature, Dad in the Moment, not only introduce their dads but also each relationship of father and child.       Our 15th writer is the Bay Gardener, Dr....

Homage to a father who greatly influenced my life

      At 120 pounds wet out of the bathtub, my dad, Romeo Joseph Gouin, was made of skin, bone, muscle and tendons, but no fat.       He was raised in a single-parent family with two sisters. To help support the family during the Depression, he went to work soon after graduating from elementary school. Despite his lack of high school, he was smart and talented. Among his many talents was a strong tenor voice. When I was nine, I contracted rheumatic fever and was...

Fishing’s unpredictable, so you need to be able to adapt

       We were drifting inside of the green channel marker off of Podickery Point when my son got a quizzical look on his face. Staring at the rapidly turning spool of his reel Harrison said, “I think I’m hung up.”      “No, I don’t think so,” I replied. “Give it a minute.” The spool stopped for a beat, then started up again even faster.        I had promised my middle son success on some nice...

Courtship, propagation and babies amid the flora and fauna

      The dogwood and redbud trees are now in their full green-leaf splendor, and another school year will be soon coming to a close. In your neighborhood the smell of charcoal permeates the evening air and the songbirds are singing. Spring is transferring into summer. From marsh to forest, Chesapeake Country invites you to experience a new season.       Perhaps in the marsh you heard a both repetitive and cacophonous cack cack cack over and over and over? That,...

St. Margaret’s Church funds hopes and dreams

      Amigos in the mountains of the Dominican Republic will soon see doctors and dentists thanks to a $10,000 grant to Somos Amigos Medical Mission from St. Margaret’s Church on the Broadneck peninsula.      “One of our priorities is to restore to health the ill and heal the broken, without restriction to where it goes,” says Izzy Winn, grant coordinator at the church. Those thousands are a small piece of a $95,000 pie served up to nonprofit...

Local club goes international for second chances and full lives

      A group of local breast cancer survivors wants to change the notion of surviving cancer into thriving after cancer. Their method of transformation is the paddle.       The Annapolis Dragon Boat Club invites survivors and supporters to the ancient sport of dragon boat racing to help them heal from the ravages of both disease and treatment.      “Dragon boat paddling is restorative in terms of both physical and psychological health,”...

The Zen of Grass and Groundcover

      Lawn grass: expensive, difficult, fickle … Or lush, green, diverse, interesting, carpet of ground cover. It’s all in how we see it. In Zen, as in business, there is beauty and success in the mundane and simple. The Minimalist Gardener approaches the challenge of the grass lawn with common sense and purpose.       Minimalist principles set our agenda: • No herbicide or pesticide • Never remove organic matter from the property •...